Not paying attention to detail cost the Globetrotters 'The Amazing Race'
The Globetrotters say there is only one way they could have surged ahead of Jen and Kisha to win “The Amazing Race.”
Herb “Flight Time” Lang and Nate “Big Easy” Lofton were unable to catch the team of sisters, who cycled their way across a seven-mile bridge to victory on the Season 18 finale Sunday night, because their lead was just too great.
“The only way we could’ve caught them is if there would’ve been a hole in the bridge and they would’ve fell in the water. They were pretty much out of sight,” Flight Time tells CTV.ca with a laugh.
“We would’ve loved to have come in first place but second place isn’t so bad.”
The Globetrotters and Jen and Kisha were neck and neck the entire time during the final leg in Miami, Fla., that saw teams mastering a fork lift, searching for an underwater clue and setting up a trailer park home to exactly match one pictured in a photo.
Big Easy says he and Flight Time even finished setting up the campsite before the sisters, but failed to notice they had set up the place settings on the picnic table incorrectly.
“We just didn’t pay attention to detail, something Flight Time always says, and we just didn’t do it and we lost because of it,” says Big Easy.
But the fan-favourite Globetrotters still managed to beat their previous finish. The team was eliminated just before the final three in Season 15 after taking a four-hour time penalty for being unable to complete a challenge.
The Globetrotters say running the ‘Race’ a second time was definitely more challenging, especially considering there were two super legs early on and very little time for rest.
“It was definitely challenging for us and still at the same time we managed to have fun and we’re definitely thankful for the opportunity to do it again. How many times in life do you get to go around the world with a chance to win a million dollars each time?” says Flight Time.
Both of them were particularly excited to visit Australia, even though they admit they didn’t get to see much of it.
“It was like a big blur. Everything happened so fast. Basically the only thing I can say about Australia is that I got (a stamp) in my passport,” says Flight Time.
“Everything happens so fast on the ‘Race’ and people don’t realize that it’s not really a sightseeing-type race … a lot of times it’s difficult to sit down and take in what’s actually around you. We did get to look around just a little bit but I think in order to enjoy some of those places we have to go back on vacation.”
The teammates say they have no regrets about their time on the ‘Race’ and still stand by their decision to U-turn Jet and Cord, and thus securing the cowboys’ elimination, a couple legs earlier in Liechtenstein.
“It wasn’t (anything against) the cowboys. It wouldn’t have mattered what team was behind us. We would’ve pulled the trigger on whoever it was. It was nothing personal. The cowboys were Herb’s favourite team going into the ‘Race,’” says Big Easy.
Now that the ‘Race’ is over, Flight Time and Big Easy will concentrate on travelling with the Harlem Globetrotters full-time but they’re not ruling out another reality show in the future.
“I think Flight Time should do ‘Dancing with the Stars’ because he always wants to shake his butt,” jokes Big Easy.
Sheri Block has been covering entertainment for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to meeting Colin Farrell at TIFF 2009, Sheri's highlights have included going on tour with "Canadian Idol," being a stand-in on "Canada's Next Top Model" and reporting on such events as the Juno Awards and MMVAs. Follow her on Twitter!